I apologize for posting about the same thing again (but after a year). Maybe few of you might recognize me, but if you don't, basically I am trying to fix one classical 16" meade sct ota in my home country - Mongolia.
A brief history of the telescope is following: it was installed at the local observatory by the Spacewatch program in late 2001. Spacewatch program is a project based in Arizona for surveying asteroids and near earth objects, and basically by installing this telescope in central asia it was expanding it's network. The telescope had worked for 4 years without much trouble, until when the smart drive had failed after a lightning stroke about 100m away, effectively handicapping the telescope. Since this incident it has been sitting in the dome doing nothing, now for almost a decade. It was the only fully functional nighttime telescope in the whole country, and because of this incident the observational part of the astronomy research had stopped completely.
So basically I want to bring this telescope and astronomical research in my home country back to life by fixing the mount.
Last year I had a fruitful discussion on this forum and I decided to purchase AP1200 mount and ship it to Mongolia. I wrote a proposal to IAU, but they said the total price was too much and that I need to reduce it to about $9,000. From this amount I should subtract counterweights, and other accessories and also the shipping cost. So really I have about $7,000 bucks to buy a mount that can comfortably handle 16"OTA + autoguiding setup + main CCD weight.
Do you guys think this is feasible? are there any mounts of comparable price that you use for a similar heavy setup?
I will really appreciate your input,